|The India-Afghanistan Relationship: Examining Historical, Political, Economic, and Cultural Ties|
Hudson Institute will host a conference to discuss the relationship between India and Afghanistan. Panelists will address the historic and strategic ties between the two countries as well as India-U.S.-Afghanistan relations. Though the region has long been a focus of American diplomatic, development, and military efforts for nearly two decades, the shared historical, political, cultural, economic ties between India and Afghanistan are neither known nor appreciated.
India has played a significant developmental role as Afghanistan’s largest regional bilateral donor. Since the fall of the Taliban, India has strengthened Afghan trade ties and provided more than $3 billion in reconstruction assistance.
Afghanistan offers India an important potential partnership in regional competition with Pakistan (and increasingly China) as well as a gateway to the energy-rich Central Asian nations. Panelists will discuss impact that these ties have and the future of the relationship.
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|Registration, 8:45 a.m. — 9:00 a.m.|
|Introduction and Keynote, 9:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.|
Ambassador HV Shringla, Indian Ambassador to the United States
Ambassador R Rahmani, Afghan Ambassador to the United States
Ambassador Alice Wells, Acting Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, State Deaprtment
Ambassador Husain Haqqani, Director, South and Central Asia program, Hudson Institute (Moderator)
|India’s Historic Relations with Afghanistan, 10:15 a.m. — 11:45 a.m.|
Asholk Malik, Policy Advisor, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India
Davood Moradian, Director General, Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies
Samiullah Mahdi, Public Radio International
Aparna Pande, Director, Inititaive on the Future of India and South Asia, Hudson Institute (Moderator)
|India’s Economic and Strategic Assistance to Afghanistan, 12:00 p.m. — 1:30 p.m.|
Javid Ahmad, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council
Vikram Singh, Senior Advisor, Asia Programs, Unites States Institute of Peace
Prakhar Sharma, Senior Researches, International Republican Institute (Moderator)
|India-Afghanistan-US relations, 1:45 p.m. — 3:15 p.m.|
Ambassador Omar Samad, Nonresident senior fellow, Atlantic Council South Asia Center
Bill Roggio, Senior Fellow, FDD
Sadanand Dhume, Fellow, American Enterprise Institute (Moderator)
|Concluding Remarks, 3:20 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.|